Photo: Full-length portrait of student in smart purple overcoat

Major: Online Master’s of Public Administration
Hometown: Pittsburgh

Earrings: “My mom is from Guatemala.” Her sartorial advice? Always have a touch of jewelry, especially earrings. NU Ring: “My pride and joy.” She says it reminds her of all the sacrifices she made, academically and as a cadet. Cifuentes graduated summa cum laude and earned a full scholarship for her NU online master’s program. Overcoat: “I wear this jacket when I want to be extra professional” but still have a touch of color. She bought it last year with pooled gift cards from J. Crew. Shoes: Purchased at Littles, a venerable family-run store in Pittsburgh that stocks stylish, lesser-known brands. Secret Habit: Cifuentes works full-time in the NU development office while pursuing her online master’s degree, but still makes getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night a priority. “I want to be healthy many, many years to come and live a long, happy life.”

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